A recap of the day’s activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Oct. 24:
Doug Baldwin. Remember that old B.B. King tune? The one that goes, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all”?
The Seahawks’ second-year slot receiver doesn’t because he’s too young, but it could be the theme song for Baldwin’s injury-filled season. Coach Pete Carroll said today that Baldwin will miss Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit because of the high ankle sprain he got in last week’s game against the 49ers in San Francisco.
This just after last year’s leading receiver was working his way back into the passing game after missing time with a shoulder injury. And that after his missed most of training camp and all of the preseason with a hamstring injury.
Baldwin has only 11 receptions – compared to 25 after seven games last season – because he can’t catch a break.
“Unfortunately, he’s going to be a couple of weeks away,” Carroll said. “And that’s going to be a change for us because we were just getting him going and it felt like he was coming around.”
Baldwin had two catches for 15 yards against the 49ers, but was injured while blocking on a special teams play when another player fell into his leg.
“I’m just trying to stay positive and be as patient as I can,” Baldwin said.
With Baldwin out, Charly Martin will be active for only the third time this season against the Lions and see time in the slot – as will split end Golden Tate, with Braylon Edwards taking over at split end in those alignments.
Russell Wilson. The Seahawks’ rookie quarterback doesn’t hold his weekly Q&A session with the Seattle media until Thursday. But he did a conference call today with reporters who cover the Lions.
And Wilson admitted he will be pulling for one Detroit team this weekend.
“I’m actually family friends with Justin Verlander,” Wilson said. “I grew up right near him (in Virginia). I’m rooting for the Detroit Tigers there.
“My (older) brother played with him all throughout middle school, high school, Little League, all that stuff.”
The Lions’ defensive line. From Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, last year’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. To defensive end and sack leader Kyle Vanden Bosch. To defensive end Cliff Avril, who had 11 sacks in 2001. To defensive tackles Corey Williams, a 320-pounder, and even Nick Fairley, the Lions’ first-round draft choice in 2011.
“Yeah, probably as a whole,” Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said after practice when asked if this is the best defensive front his unit has faced. “All the way across. All four of them. They all have great skill. They have some nastiness to them. They’re very tenacious. They keep coming. It’s a big group; a good group.
“If you don’t take care of the front four, it can screw up the whole game.”
Asked how you handle Suh, Bevell offered, “Block him.”
When the laughter subsided, Bevell added, “You have to make sure you account for him. I mean, really their whole front four. That’s the strong part of their defense. They can wreak some havoc.”
The official report, as issued by the team:
Did not practice
WR Doug Baldwin (ankle)
DT Jason Jones (ankle)
CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)
OG John Moffitt (knee)
RB Marshawn Lynch (back)
For the Lions, who held a walkthrough today so the report is an estimation:
Did not practice
DE Cliff Avril (back)
WR Calvin Johnson (knee)
DE Jacob Lacey (concussion)
LB DeAndre Lacey (hamstring)
DE Ronnell Lewis (not injury related)
S Amari Spievey (concussion)
CB Dwight Bentley (shoulder)
S Louis Delmas (knee)
TE Brandon Pettigrew (knee)
LB Stephen Tulloch (knee)
DT Corey Williams (knee)
WR Titus Young (knee)
Also, the Lions placed for Seahawks wide receiver Nate Burleson on injured reserve because of the broken leg he got in Monday night’s loss to the Bears and signed wide receiver Brian Robiskie.
STAT DU JOUR
Today, it’s all about the joy of sacks. The Seahawks produced 33 last season, but already have 19 in their first seven games – a pace that will produce 43. A big reason for the increase is the addition of rookie rush-end Bruce Irvin (4.5 sacks) to complement Chris Clemons (7), who had 11 of the team’s 33 sacks last season. Here’s a look at the top sack teams in the league, as well as the top sack tandems among defensive ends:
DE sack tandems
Players, team No.
J.J. Watt and Antonio Smith, Texans 13.5
Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin, Seahawks 11.5
Robert Quinn and Chris Long, Rams 11.0
Jared Allen and Brain Robinson, Vikings 10.0
Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, Dolphins 9.0
Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, Patriots 9.0
TOO MANY COOKS?
Never. Especially when the extra cooks who helped prepare lunch for the players and coaches today were soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord and members of 1st Special Services Support.
Helping head chef Mac McNabb and his staff were Master Sgt. Scottie Ingram, Sgt. Erik Melendez, SPC Darrell Riley, SPC Julius Williams-Cox, SPC Samuel Balicanta and SFC Daniel Sotoamaya.
“Competition Wednesday” gives way to “Turnover Thursday” as the players continue to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Lions in Detroit.
After Sunday, the Seahawks’ fourth road game in a five-week span, they will play back-to-back home games against the Vikings (Nov. 4) and Jets (Nov. 11) before getting their bye week.
YOU DON’T SAY
“I look at this week like we’re playing for first place. We can be in first place after this game, so it’s another championship opportunity and we have to be able to match the opportunity with our intensity, focus and all that.” – Carroll, with an eye toward the Monday night matchup between the 5-2 49ers and 4-3 Cardinals in Arizona